View Full Version : 32" Flatscreens
06-11-2002, 09:42 PM
I am in the market for a 32" TV. I would like to spend 1000 or less, and have been doing some research. What brands do yall recommend, I have looked at the Sony Wega and the Toshiba. I don't think I will go for HDTV at the current time, unless there is one that is priced close to a 1000. Any recomendations would be great.
06-11-2002, 10:21 PM
I'd stay with the two brands you mentioned.
Toshiba probably has a better bang for your buck but the Sony has the anamorphic squeeze. Tough choice but with either one you can't go wrong.
Better yet, see if you can get a deal on a widescreen tube such as the Toshiba 34h81!
06-12-2002, 02:44 AM
If you go with the Sony make sure you get a FV series and not the FS. Huge difference in picture quality. I think the FV runs about $1200/1300.00. If you want a awesome picture check out the Sony XBR series.
06-12-2002, 12:33 PM
I agree with beg and f1 on all points mentioned -
you might want to check out the Toshiba cinema series hd model
32hfx71 - I have the 36 and love it :D
They are also being discontinue at the present,so u might get some good prices.
Research as much as poss. and good luck,have fun :D :cool:
06-12-2002, 04:12 PM
TOSHIBA, Magnavox, Sony...ERRR NOT SONY! SONY SUCKS!, umm sharp... I would choose between toshiba and magnavox, and a toshiba 2.4 gigahurt phone is good too...toshiba is good...LOL!
06-12-2002, 04:22 PM
Milliseconds of genius.... What about JVC, I hear they make a good boom-box with built in subs?
06-12-2002, 06:09 PM
I would suggest Sony KV32FV300. It is the newset model and top of line on FV series. Can be had around 1190 at Circuit City.
I have KV32FV26 (prior year model) and am very happy with its anam0rphic squeeze and wireless headphone.
06-12-2002, 08:56 PM
I purchased the Toshiba 36HFX71 about 3.5 months ago and I'm still having fun watching tv/DVD'S........I was going to get the Sony 36 WEGA XBR but instead bought the Toshiba.......it was about 1000.00 cheaper ......but the Sony did look a bit better but keeping the extra 1000.00 to buy DVD'S was worth the saving.
06-12-2002, 09:07 PM
Don't know, I felt the opposite - yes it was cheaper, both have the squeeze (and sim. features) but in a side by side comparison - the Tosh. looked better 2 me.
(now even more so w/the Avia disc as a guide) :cool:
I feel Sony is way overpriced - but have owned many, many of their products (still do) -
just never a monitor.
06-12-2002, 10:18 PM
Only the high-definition Toshibas have the squeeze and not the analog. All Sony sets 27" and up have the squeeze.
06-12-2002, 10:37 PM
06-12-2002, 11:35 PM
This is how it is,
Sony makes the best tubes on the market (except Lowve and who can afford there sets).They always have,Mitsubishi tried to give them a run for there money but in the end couldn't hang with Sony Picture tubes.
Other sets are good as well,Sony is the Leader and everything else follows.Ever notice all the silver and Wega looking Tv'''s on the market now??Trying to be like Sony.
Don't take this post the wrong way,theres the I like this set better factor,and i can't afford Sony,but the Toshiba is nice for alot less money,Again....I will have to say this at the end of this post as a Hobbiest.......I have found Sony to lead the pack, they last a long time spend about no time in the repair shop,look fantastic,and you get all your money out of them,sure you pay more, but you get more.
06-13-2002, 02:37 AM
Originally posted by mantis
I have found Sony to lead the pack, they last a long time spend about no time in the repair shop,look fantastic,and you get all your money out of them,sure you pay more, but you get more.
Ya'll listen to da man.......more is better!!!
06-13-2002, 10:13 AM
Mantis, I've worked in a/v sales for sometime and I've seen my share of Sony sets come back for repair. I've heard my share of Sony horror stories from customers and I'll get those who will never buy a Sony because they're overpriced.
Not that they are any worse than Toshiba , Panasonic, etc. but they've been equally proportionate in repairs/dissatisfaction to other major brands.
06-13-2002, 05:18 PM
Beg, the 36hfx71 is a hi def ready set, it just doesn't have the tuner built in-
it has 3 settings for image shape (normal/letterbox/compression)
compression being their word for "the squeeze"
just like they call their component connections "colorstream hd"
06-13-2002, 10:30 PM
Etrigan, I never meant it had an HD tuner built-in but if you want to be technical then yes that's the correct terminolgy . I was assuming most people knew most sets do not have the HD tuner built-in and buying one with it would be premature.
The "squeeze" in layman's terms simply means taking advantage of the added resolution an anamorphic dvd has. You place your dvd player in widescreen mode on your 4:3 set, the picture will be vertically stretched but then "squeezed" back into its proper
proportion but with added resolution.
Still i think Cookaa should wait and invest in a widescreen tube.
The Toshiba 34" is really cleaning up in this market (and rightfully so) but wait for Sony,Panasonic,JVC to come out with one at lower price points and take a piece of Toshiba's pie (most new models start coming out for the 4th quarter of the year).
06-14-2002, 04:30 PM
You should consider the Panasonic 32" Super Flat Screen CT-32SF37.
I own this set with 800 lines of resolution, temp settings, component video inputs, s-video and multi remote that lights up, great set. Equal to Wega and much lower priced.
* Type: Stereo color TV with Panasonic's SuperFlat system picture tube
* Aspect ratio: Standard 4:3
* Picture tube: Flat, fine pitch with shadow mask
* 3-line digital comb filter
* Dual-tuner picture-in-picture
* High-quality resolution and color accuracy with edge correction
* Built-in speakers: 2, front (10 watts x 2)
* Speaker type: Twin dome
* Simulated surround processing: Spatializer
* Sound controls: Bass, treble, and balance controls
* Auto sound control: Yes, with artificial intelligence
* Component-video inputs: Yes (Y/Pr/Pb)
* Audio-video inputs: 4 (1 in front, 3 in rear)
* S-Video inputs: Yes
* Audio processor simulates 3-D surround sound
* Illuminated universal remote control with joystick
Try http://www.mysimon.com to compare pricing.
Bought mine from http://www.amazon.com when they offered free white glove shipping plus no sales tax!
You will enjoy it, like I am doing ....
um.... sbains, that model (ct-32sf37)is called the "gaoo" and is not considered a true flat screen anymore. Heck, it's probably not in production for their 2002 line. Panasonics best tubes are now called "tau" which are not bad but I find their temperature settings lean toward green too much. Horrible "wrist watch" menu on the gaoos and no preference settings.
06-15-2002, 09:42 AM
My question is: is there any reason to wait 6 mos or a yr, when either: 1)some current "must-have" technology that is over-priced now, drops in price or 2) aome "on the horizon" technology kicks in, in the marketplace?
06-15-2002, 11:35 AM
rlightfoot.....Good point. If you always waited for the latest you would never buy anything....*L*
Like Dvi or firewire? Plasma or Lcd? Lcos or Dlp? High definition dvd ? Dvd-audio or SACD ? Rti or Lsi speakers? etc. etc...You can't stay on top of it all !?
If you've done the research and it meets your price than go for it and don't look back. : )
06-16-2002, 12:59 PM
Panasonic Tao -- better contrast that the Wega's without the wega orange tint. I've only compared their HDTVs, though. Not sure about the others.
06-18-2002, 05:09 PM
I have the "FS" model 32" and I think its great. Sony rep told me there is no picture quality difference between "FS" and "FV." You do get a 2 tuner picture in picture with the "FV" models however. But that doesn't improve picture quality, just makes it more susceptible to going out on you.
06-19-2002, 02:37 AM
um...ChrisDurano, that Sony rep doesn't know his products very well. The FV has a 3D digital comb filter vs. the FS's 3 line comb filter. The FV also has Velocity Modulation Scan with off/low/high settings, it has Color Temperature Control and the Enhanced 16:9 format that the FS does not. Huge difference. The statement that having PIP makes it more likely to "going out" is ludicrous!
06-19-2002, 11:05 AM
After selling the Sony Wegas for some time I would say that the FV line-up is only MARGINALLY better in picture quality over the FS.
You'll only see improvements in small areas of a scene at a certain time and that's if you're comparing them side by side. It's definitely not night and day.
FS models also have the color tempeature control and enhanced 16:9 compression. Velocity scan settings don't greatly improve the picture. In fact it sometimes degrades it if you don't choose the right setting.
The Fv series is still a great set only if you can get a good price.
06-23-2002, 10:11 PM
Hey F1nut...I have all those features w/ mine (velocity scan, color temp, and 16:9 enhanced), and remember this guy is looking for a 32". Which Sony has 3D digital comb filters in 32"?
06-23-2002, 10:51 PM
That's the thing about "free advice"- sometimes it's accurate and sometimes it's not.
You get what you pay for.:cool:
06-24-2002, 03:27 AM
um...ChrisDurano & begbie, you are right. I was looking at some Sony info that is apparently out of date, sorry about that. I looked up Sony's website, www.sony.com/wega and it seems all 32's have 3D digital comb filters now. They also have all the other stuff too. The difference between the FV & FS seems to be very little.
All the best,
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